New data help Medicaid target high-need, high-cost populations

January 2010
State Health Watch;Jan2010, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p5
The article discusses key findings of the October 2009 report "The Faces of Medicaid III: Refining the Portrait of People with Multiple Chronic Conditions," from the New Jersey-based Center for Health Care Strategies. It analyzed prescription drug use in addition to diagnostic claims. According to the report, the percentage of Medicaid beneficiaries with disabilities rose from 35% to 45%. In addition, the frequency of psychiatric illness among Medicaid beneficiaries increased to 49%. The opinion of author Richard Kronick on the results is presented.


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